The term "hipster" is cross-applied from the 1930s Beatniks. The modern hipster is a composite of individuals with a certain bohemian life situation and lifestyle. He or she rejects "mainstream" culture and embraces and contributes to independent culture, and prides him/herself on this. The modern hipster image has been proliferated through the internet, publications such as Vice Magazine, and sightings in the music, fashion, and art world. The image of the hipster is constantly changing, but several aspects have stayed constant over time. Lives in a young, artsy neighborhood of a major city such as Wicker Park in Chicago, Greenwich Village in Manhattan, or Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Usually has some degree of monetary conformability, although sometimes only because of their parents, due to cost of living in these areas. Works (or wants to work) in music, art, or fashion. Has "elitist" music taste and listens to nu-rave (i.e. The Klaxons, Cut Copy, Hercules and Love Affair), minimalist techno, independent rap (i.e. Spank Rock, Talib Kweli, Aesop Rock), nerdcore (i.e. YT Cracker, MC Lars, MC Chris), Elephant 6 (i.e. of Montreal, Neutral Milk Hotel, Apples in Stereo), garage rock, and punk rock in addition to all manners of independent rock. Favorite band is very likely Bright Eyes, The Arcade Fire, The Arctic Monkeys, The Libertines, The Strokes, or something of that nature. Also watches independent and foreign films and reads independent books, magazines, and periodicals. Is a fan of modern art and may also be an amateur artist. Dresses in a progressive but retro fashion that is often changing. Popular items include leggings, mini-skirts, leg warmers, '60s dresses, headbands, chunky jewelry, and large shirts and sweaters for girls and skinny suits and ties, tight jeans and cords, t-shirts with ironic sayings and images, cardigans, plaid and buffalo check shirts, colorful hoodies, and tight windbreakers for guys. Both genders frequently wear dirty Vans and Converses, flamboyant Nikes, large plastic frame glasses, and neon wayfarer sunglasses and are sometimes pierced and tattooed. Shops at Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, and thrift stores. Likes to hang out at fashionable coffee shops, indie rock shows, and hipster dance clubs. Does food shopping at stores like Whole Foods and is often vegan or vegetarian. Eats chic ethnic food and prefers organic and Fair Trade fruits and vegetables. Favorite beer is Pabst Blue Ribbon. Takes up many causes and is often socially minded. Enjoys irony in all facets of life, from fashion (wears mismatching outfits and unpopular vintage clothing often emblazoned with ironic sayings) to sports (plays in dodgeball tournaments at McCarren Park Pool). May ride a fixed-gear bicycle or a hybrid car. Networks through Myspace, Facebook, and/or Twitter. Usually rejects the term "hipster" and argues if called one.
Hipster: Hey, don't call me that!
by mtfn392 January 27, 2009

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a lot of people define a hipster as someone who falls into a category, like shopping at Urban Outfitters and listening to indie - when really, the true meaning of hipster is to differ from the norm. You don't have to wear a cardigan over corduroys to be a hipster, you just have to be yourself, and not worry about where society is going with music and fashion, and just go where you feel like going.
damn, what a hipster!
by fuckinhipsters March 08, 2011

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(n) Hipster: People with an extremely obscure taste of music and hate it when Indie labels go mainstream
Man, that girl over there is listening to Driftless Pony Club. Damn, what a hipster.
by youcancallmepenis March 01, 2011

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A hipster is someone who dresses diferently from everyone else. Someone who, acts differently from others. Someone who isnt afraid to be who they are.
1: wow. she/he is sooo hipster.
2: ikr. she/he isnt afraid to be who they are.
by Skyler5150 December 26, 2010

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Best friends who are joined at the hip
I'm missing my right hip

I can't wait to tell my hipster about this one... they will never believe it!

Where's your hipster gone?
by Berth Thillitis December 09, 2010

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Not all hipsters are jerks. Not all hipsters are hypocrites or bad people.
Some generally are nice, social, and want to get to know you.
The ideal hipster is intelligent and craves knowledge.
He looks passed steotypes and conformity and styles himself in his own way of liking. The ideal hipster is equally willing or unwilling to hang out with new people. As with anyone else once you get to know a person.

They all have different points of view and are passionate to defend it and/or prevent anyone else from degrading or demoralizing it.
They all may have diverse passions and hobbies and likings.
They may be bold and determined and proud, although these adjectives may apply to anyone.
But above all, a hipster will follow is own heart and understanding.

Also: I don't know why there is a term for this type of person but all I know is that "hipsters" don't all do it to be cool or for your "approval", but to express and appreciate themselves for who they are. They should look passed your body image and do the same for you.
We like to make you turn heads. ;)

You: Dude, what a f***king hipster. Look at her. She thinks she's all that. Wait, a minute. I should check up TheMusicZealot's definition first. Maybe I can better understand her individuality and try to appreciate and be inspired by her diversity of interests.
by follower, conformiter April 18, 2010

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An adjective. Describes a person who rejects mainstream altogether. Usually extraordinarily smart genius's. Constantly checks stocks and always talks about the advanced placement courses he/she is taking. Likes math and science. Usually go by the name of Phoenix if a guy. Deeply interested in politics, they spend their days arguing their beliefs to anyone who's interested. Also like to spend hours on end playing video games in a dark room, including the new hit game "Skyrim", a magical game with dragons. Hipsters tend to be skaters as well, dressing and acting like dumb kids but really being very smart and nerdy on the inside. Don't be fooled when you see one, they aren't dumb at all.
Person 1: "Dude, Phoenix is so smart. He's in calculus, did you know? I would've never guessed, he acts so stupid."
Person 2: "He's a hipster; of course he looks stupid on the outside."
by hipster_lover December 26, 2011

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a girl with blonde hair that has a laugh like the three stooges, Usually born in april. Obsessed with Dinosaurs and plate tectonics. No hipster dirty dances or hooks up with random strangers. Usually they live in Santa Barbara and go to UCSB. They never show their arms. They are addicted to crack and peanut butter. They love to go sailing. They love christmas tress year round and the show The office and Always Sunny. A hipster is a crazy fucking bitch but everyone seems to know who she is because she like to punch guys in the balls when she is drunk and lock herself in bathrooms with one boy in particular. She also like root-beer floats and walks on the park. EVERYONE WANTS TO BE A HIPSTER!
Ellen Degeneres- Hipster
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